Saturday, August 31, 2013

Caught in a Moment - Free Download!!!

Happy Saturday, Bibliophiles!

Hopefully everyone is looking forward to a three-day weekend of READING!

I know I am. Did you expect anything else?

This out-of-the-ordinary Saturday post is to let you know that the excellent YA fantasy novel Caught in a Moment by Martin Dukes, read my review here, is available for FREE to download for three days!!!

I have three tasks for you:

1. Follow this link.
2. Spread the word.
3. Enjoy!

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fearless

Fearless is the YA fantasy follow-up to Cornelia Funke’s Reckless.

Our first foray into Mirrorworld is, I’d say, pretty important to read first – so if you have not yet read Reckless, check out my review here and avoid this post on Fearless.

If you have already read Reckless, read on…

Saving his brother Will’s life, stopping him from becoming a stone-skinned Goyl, cost Jacob everything.

Now, with only a few months left to live, Jacob finds himself still seeking in vain for an end to the Fairy curse that is killing him.

Yet being one of the best treasure-seekers in the warped-fairy-tale world in the mirror of his longtime-missing father’s study is not proving helpful this time.

The All-Healing Apple and the Well of Eternal Youth have done nothing for him. After buying back the blood of a northern Djinn from the world he was born in, blood that he himself sold years before, is one slim hope.

But Jacob has a feeling it will be just as worthless.

He knows that he must tell Fox, his shape-shifting friend. His shadow for many years.

One final possibility lingers, though. A legend that not even Mirrorworld residents really believes exist – a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart.

But he is not the only one looking for it…

I actually let myself reread Reckless before jumping into Fearless, which was a nice refresher!

Mirrorworld is a captivating, multi-layered world. There’s a dark, creepy twist on a lot of fairy-tales here, which I like quite a bit.

Jacob’s search for a cure is suspenseful and adventurous – yet at time I felt the plot went a little off track and became muddled. I still was always interested, but occasionally impatient. It just started to drag a tiny bit here and there, for me.

Fearless is still an excellent fantasy novel and overall I was still happy with it – but I guess I expected more focus, less distraction.

You can still count me in for the next book, though!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Distant Shores

On Distant Shores is a historical fiction romance by Sarah Sundin and the second in her Wings of the Nightingale series.

Even though it is essentially a stand-alone novel, the characters from the first book With Every Letter overlap into On Distant Shores – for that reason, as well as that it’s a lovely read, I recommend reading With Every Letter first. Here’s a link to my review.

Lt. Geogiana Taylor followed her best friend Rose to become a flight nurse during WWII. But she can’t help but feel she’s not up to the task.

Back home she has her longtime sweetheart waiting for her, a family that yearns for her return, and the comfort of not having men’s lives in her hands any longer.

In July of 1943, Georgie is still struggling to do her job as unto the Lord when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

His warm smile and shy ways are endearing to her. He’s also struggling – though determined to utilize his knowledge and education as a pharmacist he resents the lack of respect he receives as a non-commissioned officer. Just like Georgie, he has a fiancé waiting for his return as well – but he wants to return with a level of dignity he feels he’s missing in his current position.

But as Georgie and Hutch’s friendship grows, their lives at home begin to fall apart…

With Every Letter swept me in the era of WWII, and so did On Distant Shores!

Sarah Sundin expertly weaves a historical tale with enough fantastic, accurate detail and stakes to make everything feel very real – and has enough emotion and character depth to make you care about what’s happening.

I love the believable period dialogue and banter! Nothing feels overwrought, overdramatic, or forced. There’s a naturalness to On Distant Shores that makes the pages fly and my imagination land squarely in 1943. The characters have recognizable flaws that make them real.

On Distant Shores is romantic, inspiring, and soaked in WWII era life. It has great moments of personal growth and pivotal moments of recognizing the difference between man’s goals and God’s.

This is a truly effecting and touching novel! I cannot wait to read the third when it comes out!!!

*Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

*I received a copy of On Distant Shores from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Last Academy

The Last Academy is a YA contemporary suspense novel by Anne Applegate.

After being betrayed by her longtime best friend, Camden is sent to an exclusive boarding school.

It’s a gorgeous place, huge campus, decent classes and more than enough good-looking boys.

Her moody roommate isn’t so great, but soon Camden starts to tentatively make friends with a couple girls and even gets a crush on one particularly attractive boy.

She’s pushing the limits on her previously cautious life and letting herself make just a little mischief, even.

But she can’t ignore the startling fact that some very weird things are going on at Lethe Academy.

Sometimes she sees flashes of people looking differently than they should – which is creepy and worrisome. She starts to wonder, almost, if she is going insane.

Then one of Camden’s new friends disappears and the story around it doesn’t sound right to her.

Increasingly, Camden is beginning to believe that something dark is going on at the school…

The Last Academy has a fast-paced, eerie tone that interested me from the get-go.

I had some guesses as to what was going on, but even so the spooky and absorbing writing kept me invested in its paced, measured mystery.

My suspicions were correct, and I admit I did start to get a little annoyed that Camden took as long as she did to figure it out – yet the story and vibe still made me like the book a lot.

It’s funny because I saw a lot of negative reviews and ratings on The Last Academy on Goodreads.

For me, it was a very enjoyable book with an affective final revelation that made for a great read!

I thought it was pretty darn good! Gripping, engaging, and mysterious!

I say – check it out!

Friday, August 23, 2013

That Time I Joined the Circus

That Time I Joined the Circus is a YA contemporary novel by J. J. Howard.

Lexi Ryan has lost everything.

Her friends, her school, her home… her dad.

As a last resort to get back some semblance of her life, Lexi takes off from New York to follow a slender lead on her mom’s location.

A mom that abandoned her and her dad a long time ago.

That lead brings her to a circus, which her mom is no longer at.

But since Lexi has no money, no shelter, and no food options – she accepts a job at the circus and finds herself immersed in a world extremely different from anything she’s ever experienced.

A new life begins to be built – she friends, a new type of family… maybe even new romance.

Then her ex-best friend shows up and Lexi is reminded of all she left behind…

First of all, I primarily decided to read That Time I Joined the Circus because the title drew me in and the cover had an enchantment to it. The vibrant colors, the sense of near-fantasy while still grounded in reality – it just looked cool to me.

But those very things that drew me into the That Time I Joined the Circus, in my opinion, were lacking in the actual novel.

Except for loving Lexi’s taste in Jane Austen books and finding her romance novel nerdiness (can’t stop herself from reading those terrible Regency romances) sort of refreshing, her narrative kind of bored me.

I absolutely hate saying that, because I know the author worked hard on this book – and there will be many people who love That Time I Joined the Circus – but my reaction to the writing was very ho-hum.

With the voice and plot being surprisingly blah, I was tempted to skim. But I did not.

Despite being in a crazy circus environment, I never really felt like I was there – it didn’t evoke the same emotions and interest as the cover.

Also, the novel is set up to glimpse into the recent past to see how everything fell apart in Lexi’s life, and for me the time change of the chapters was not done well to enough to differentiate them and seemed almost pointless as the big revelations weren’t that big.

Though I liked that Lexi was a “normal girl”, I found the situation she was in to be hard to believe. Her new romances and friendships felt sort of cliché, and it never felt all that inspirational or touching, though I felt it was trying to be.

In the end, That Time I Joined the Circus was not entertaining enough to be as unbelievable as it was – and sadly I was not a fan. It just didn’t do anything for me but perplex me a bit.

Hopefully you’ll feel differently! Read it for yourself!!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Morning Star

The Morning Star is the last novel in the YA historical/supernatural Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges.

You definitely do not want to read the synopsis for The Morning Star if you have not previously read the first two books in this trilogy!

If you are one of those people, instead check out my reviews of The Gathering Storm and The Unfailing Light, the first two, by clicking on their titles.

Now, if you HAVE read the prior novels, go ahead and read on…

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, in St. Petersburg, Russia 1890, has always wanted to be a doctor.

Not content with the thought of being wealthy enough to build numerous hospitals as a meek wife, Katerina wants to be able to have the knowledge and education to find cures for diseases, to help people with her own two hands.

Which would include her ailing love, son of the Tsar, George Alexandrovich.

But, of course, Tsar Alexander III forbids this.

Katerina being a necromancer?

Not so forbidden.

Even though her inherent powers are considered the darkest and most dangerous, that doesn’t stop the Tsar from utilizing them to protect Russia from the dead-but-not-gone Konstantin Pavlovich and all of the vampires that are intent on returning him to what they believe is his rightful throne.

Now, Katerina finds that she is being pulled along in a search for a mythical sword called the Morning Star – a sword that is supposed to allow Konstantin to command a multitude of paranormal warriors and make him almost impossible to defeat.

Clearly, now is the time that St. Petersburg will either fall… or be saved…

With my new blogging schedule I am trying to encourage myself to re-read when I want to, occasionally pick up a book that has no review obligations and read it just because I want to, and so on.

So, when it came to reading The Morning Star I decided that first I would re-read the first two books.

Wow, am I glad I did!

It warmed me up to both of them a lot more than the first time around – especially concerning The Unfailing Light. There IS a continuing plotline, and it is quite enchanting in its dark way!!

Moving on to The Morning Star:

Without giving anything away, The Morning Star was exciting, suspenseful and romantic!

I loved how Katerina has kept her personality and ambitions throughout the entire trilogy! That doesn’t always happen – and I really liked that.

In the end, I felt the entire trilogy proved itself quite a good read. And The Morning Star provides that excellent meld of mystic and historical as the arc came to a satisfying, exhilarating conclusion!

Definitely worth the re-read.

And your first read!!!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer is a YA contemporary novel by the author of The Daughters series, Joanna Philbin.

Seventeen-year-old Rory McShane doesn’t want to spend all summer watching her mom moon over her newest boyfriend, who’s young enough to be Rory’s slightly older brother. So, when her aunt invites her to join her in the Hamptons, to be an errand girl for the wealthy family she works for as a live-in, Rory agrees.

Stepping off the train, though, is like stepping into another universe. Everywhere she looks are expensive cars, huge houses, impeccably clean streets, and beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. And the Rules, the said wealthy family she’s staying with, seem very nice… yet she’s warned by other staff to avoid becoming too social with them.

On the other side of things, Isabel Rule, the youngest and most impetuous Rule child, is back in the Hamptons after having spent the school year in California. Now, the superficial conversations of her old friends irritate her and she is more aware than ever of how she does not fit in with her family.

Deciding to take Rory under her wing, the two girls begin to form an unlikely friendship.

But secrets, romance, and their worlds-apart lives might tear them apart…

The Daughters series was fun, genuine, and truly likable as we forayed into a world of privilege.

Rules of Summer has all those same elements, but is just a notch higher in maturity and seriousness.

What did I think? I thought it was excellent!!!

Both Rory and Isabel had authentic, relatable home and family issues despite being on the opposite spectrum in other ways. It’s always nice to see an author make two girls different in more ways than circumstances and looks – happily, they are individuals with different personalities and approaches to the world around them.

And, of course, can we have a good contemporary YA without hot guys galore? There was definitely some romance brewing here! Surprisingly, I didn’t always know where the relationships were headed, which was obviously refreshing.

Rules of Summer is addictive – it has deeper, reflective moments and a strong, particular sense of SUMMER.

This book is romantically suspenseful and a very absorbing, dramatic, entertaining read!

I look forward to returning to the complicated Rules soon as the series continues!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dragonwitch

Dragonwitch is the fifth novel in the fantasy series Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

I have been continually impressed by this series – which is a must for fantasy lovers.

Though each novel has a stand-alone aspect to it, it is immensely rewarding to read them in order, as there are characters and situations that are extrapolated with later books. For me, I still recommend reading them in order.

The only one I have not read yet is Moonblood, which I bought a copy of and just need to carve out a few days to read. Other than that, I’ve reviewed them all. So, here are the books in order with links to the reviews:

Heartless
Veiled Rose
Moonblood
Starflower
Dragonwitch

Now, the below synopsis will not give anything away about the prior books – so you’re safe here.

The North Country does not yet have a King – but it is expected to. And the man that is expected to be that next king must have a wife, of course.

That is why Lady Leta of Aiven has traveled from her home to meet the man she will marry – a man she has never met – and whom upon first meeting she knows, though he is not unkind, she will never love.

So, her usually restrained rebellious streak kicks in – she does not want to be stuck in her palace rooms all day long. Instead she spends most of her days with the castle Chronicler. He soon becomes her friend, though reclusive and harboring a secret that could topple the entire kingdom…

And at night there are whispers from the family crypt – and Lord Alistair, the future king of the North Country, is hounded by nightmares.

All is not well.

I don’t really want to go into more detail than that… Hopefully that peaks your interest!

Just as with the previous Tales of Goldstone Wood, Anne Elisabeth Stengl provides visionary, sweeping, fantasy-drenched prose that just simply takes you away!

There’s an ominous vibe as we’re slowly introduced to new characters and a carefully crafted plot. Plus, I loved that we got to revisit characters from the last book, Starflower. Awesomeness!

Ethereal, subtle, elegant writing meets chilling turns, surprising twists and a fantastical emotional adventure! Dragonwitch is, quite simply, divine!

A romantic punch, written in a downplayed yet strongly felt way, provides even more depth and beauty to this multi-layered book.

Dragonwitch has that ambitious story of good vs. evil – though this is a fairytale that’s never been told before. We get to see heroics, starkly penned suspense, and a brilliant imagined world that is powerfully epic!

Yet again I am left extremely ready for yet another book – and so happy that there will be one!!!

*I received a copy of Dragonwitch from the Bethany House Book Reviewers program. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Deep Betrayal

Deep Betrayal is a YA supernatural/mermaid horror novel and the second in a trilogy from Anne Greenwood Brown.

The first novel is called Lies Beneath – you can read my review here – and I strongly recommend having read Lies Beneath before Deep Betrayal or this review.

You’ve been warned!!!

It’s been thirty days since Lily’s heard or seen Calder.

Thirty days has allowed doubts to creep in about their connection…

But when he does return, things are still sour. Once Lily tells her father that he, like Calder, is a merman – well, Lily’s dad essentially takes all of Calder’s time, wanting to spend every day in the water.

When a slew of near-death experiences begin to turn into dead bodies on the shore, Calder believes that his mermaid sisters are hunting once more – sloppily.

But Lily fears that the messy killings are more along the line of a brand-new merman… her father.

Either way, people are bound to start looking…

Lies Beneath was told from Calder’s point of view. Deep Betrayal is told from Lily’s.

Surprisingly, this sort of lessened the appeal for me.

Calder, not being fully human, had a fascinating tone – he was sometimes disturbing, sometimes obsessive, and eventually likable. Lily is still interesting, but with her you get the angsty, romantic mush most of the time.

Deep Betrayal has great elements that create a creepy, sexy and intriguing book, but I could’ve done with a lot more independence and individuality from Lily. And I’m not talking about wearing vintage t-shirts. I’m talking about taking initiative of her own; not moaning over every second Calder wasn’t around!

Plus, Lily’s lack of listening to Calder frustrated me. I’m not saying she should’ve obeyed every word – but have some sense, girl!

I liked Calder’s strong, emotive feelings towards Lily’s sister and parents. His yearning to be part of their family was vivid and reminded me yet again why I preferred his otherworldly, mesmerizing voice.

In the end, Deep Betrayal lacked the chilling storyline and compelling narrative of Lies Beneath, in my opinion. I still found it to be a quick read and relatively suspenseful, it just didn’t impress me like the first one.

No matter what, I will still want to read the final book – Promise Bound – when it’s released.

Am I alone in hoping that it’s written from Calder’s point of view?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass is a YA historical suspense novel, and the sequel to Cross My Heart, by Sasha Gould.

First off, you definitely need to read Cross My Heart before you read Heart of Glass or this review! Spoilers are NOT good!!! Feel free to check out my review of Cross My Heart here, and once you’ve read that first book come on back here for my thoughts on the sequel.

Assuming the remainder of readers have read Cross My Heart and now will not be spoiled…

In Venice 1585, it’s been three months since Laura found out who murdered her sister.

Three months since she joined the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets…

She is now blissfully engaged to Roberto, the first son of the Doge, and experiencing a happiness she never imagined possible in her many years cloistered in the nunnery.

The peace was not meant to last. Venice is a turbulent, passionate, dangerous place.

On a night when Laura is to complete an important mission for the Segreta, a dead body is found in Roberto’s bedroom. Roberto is identified as her killer.

And when these horrific events are tied to the arrival of a handsome, charismatic Turkish prince who is on a diplomatic visit to the city, war becomes a very real threat.

Desperate to save her fiancé, Laura finds herself struggling to use the crumbling Segreta’s waning influence to help her once more…

My synopsis is a little lacking, as I don’t want to give away too much!!! Hopefully, I left enough to surprise you, plot-wise.

I had really liked Cross My Heart. In it we watched Laura be pulled from a sheltered life in the convent to face her sister’s death and subsequent expectation of marrying a repulsive older man at her father’s insistence.

What I love is that there is some serious character development through Cross My Heart into the sequel Heart of Glass. We get to watch Laura grow and become stronger. It’s exhilarating!

Yet again, the sights, smells, and feel of Venice is palpable with Sasha Gould’s descriptive, pitch-perfect writing. And yet again she is pulling us into a web of intrigue, romance, deceit, murder, and power! Who can resist?

Not I!

It was a continually suspenseful, twisty, mystery-riddled tale that culminated in a fantastic end. Heart of Glass is a book to read in about a day’s time!!!

One of the only satisfying duets in the world of YA books – I strongly recommend Heart of Glass!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How Book Covers are Created - a Guest Post!

Today I want to introduce Levi, a fan of the Bibliophile Support Group!

He thought we might be interested, as book maniacs, how the process works when it comes to creating a book cover, and I agreed!

I'm going to give it over the Levi here:

How Book Covers Are Created

By Levi Stack

While skimming over book covers on shelves or scrolling through them online, have you ever wondered how these works of art are created? How illustrators collaborate authors? How artists reinvent the heart and life of a story – only in a different medium? I’m writing to give you an inside look at that unique process. I was lucky enough to work side-by-side with my illustrator, Owen William Weber, so you’ll get to see firsthand what went into the artwork of my award-winning novel, The Silent Deal.

Here’s a summary to give you a feel for the story:

When Viktor and Romulus, two peasant boys in the Russian Empire, dig too deep into their town’s strange past, they awaken the wrath of a mysterious overlord. On a quest for answers (and survival), the blood brothers navigate gambling parlors, Gyspy camps, and dark forests full of wild animals and men alike. But can they escape the deathly experiments their foe is creating in Staryi Castle?

So you get the idea – this is an Old World story, stuffed with thieves and beggars all the way to the fortune-tellers and fire-jugglers of the Romani Gypsies. This is important to recognize because it’s essential to match the time period of the story to the appearance of the cover. If I had written a flashy modern story, I might have a pop art style cover, but because I wrote historical fiction, I wanted an older medium, and an oil painting seemed like the perfect choice.

This is where Owen William Weber came in. He’s an excellent painter, and after viewing his gallery, I immediately wanted him to do the cover art. Because the book deals so much with gambling, I requested the book’s cover resemble a king of spades playing card, with Viktor and Romulus, the two main characters, displayed as the king figures. Owen read my descriptions of the characters, and came back with several potential designs.


We agreed the fourth design was the most balanced, so Owen did a more detailed sketch, including attributes of both the characters. Romulus keeps a wolf as a pet, and carries blades throughout the story. Viktor is the son of a miner, and has to dig for buried items in certain scenes, hence the shovel. Both boys experiment with explosive weapons, as their enemy has banned firearms in their town.


I loved the sketch, but we both agreed that because Viktor and Romulus are serfs, their clothing needed to be rougher and less detailed. They also needed to look a bit younger. Owen carried out one more sketch, and this time it was perfect, save for the fact that we favored Romulus’ face from the first sketch.


The last step was for Owen to actually complete the oil painting. We agreed that rich reds and greens would give the book an older feel, so he handled the color scheme, and finished the work. After the typography was carried out, the cover art was finalized.


I hope you enjoyed this inside look at how a book cover is created! If you want to read The Silent Deal, it’s available on Amazon. Or if you want to learn more about me, check out my website, www.levistack.com. Happy reading!

*From now until August 12th, the e-book version of The Silent Deal is FREE on Amazon! To get your free e-copy, go here!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Worm Winds of Zanzibar

Worm Winds of Zanzibar is a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel by Martin Dukes, and the second book in the Alex Trueman trilogy.

Caught in a Moment started this story, so to get the full impact (and avoid spoilers!) I’d strongly recommend you read it first. You can start with reading my review here.

If you haven’t read Caught in a Moment yet, stop reading this review now!!!

I’m trusting you…

After finding himself in Intersticia, a bizarre world that exists between intervals of frozen time, Alex realized that he is definitely not an ordinary teenager.

Unlike anyone else there, Alex found he could manipulate and move things around him. It proved to be a dangerous ability though, as it put him on the radar of a branch of the angelic community called the Brethren of Twelve, who may have less than kindly intentions for him.

In fact, their unsavory obsession interrupts Alex’s reintroduction back to his regular life and Kelly, whose life he saved and whom he is quickly regaining memories of, as they meet again.

Malcolm, an angelic friend from Intersticia, rescues Alex and his friends from the bad situation and puts them where he hopes they won’t be found – nineteenth century Zanzibar.

Only in this version of Zanzibar, no one has even heard of England. So it seems that beyond going back in time, they’ve been transported to an alternate reality.

But that doesn’t mean Alex and his friends aren’t still in terrible jeopardy…

I was a big fan of Caught in a Moment – it was fascinatingly bizarre, suspenseful, eerie, funny, and surprisingly touching at the end. Really an excellent, original story!

With Worm Winds of Zanzibar we are given more heaps of excellent British humor – and yet again I felt treated to Martin Dukes inventive creativity as he penned this sequel as more of an adventure. There’s intelligence to the writing that I really appreciate.

Along with the subtle sense of danger that book two presents, though, is a question of where the plot leads us. As interesting and odd as this alternate Zanzibar is, I felt the realm of Intersticia was far more absorbing – and I kind of missed it.

Don’t get me wrong – Worm Winds of Zanzibar was still very good – I just didn’t feel like it was AS good as Caught in a Moment. I say that with hesitation, because I don’t want anyone to pass this novel up!

Another thing that caused it to hiccup a bit was the changes Kelly went through – not terrible, but a bit frustrating. Still an excellent cast of characters, though! I guess Worm Winds of Zanzibar seemed to go places and focus on plots that, while attention-grabbing, didn’t seem to have that much weight.

Now, near the end the core story came to the forefront a bit more – Alex’s abilities.

So, I’m still a fan, just not majorly of this second book, and I will still want to read the conclusion – most definitely!!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Spellbinding

Spellbinding is a YA contemporary supernatural novel by Maya Gold.

When Abby Silva’s US History teacher tells her class to research their ancestry for an assignment, Abby is startled by what she finds.

With a bit of digging, Abby finds out that she is descended from an accused witch of 1600s Salem.

Compelled by this knowledge, she goes to Salem and things start to… happen.

At moments when Abby really wants something, objects seem to move on their own. And when after leaving a local library she finds herself in possession of an ancient spell book, a little experimenting finds that the spells… work!

But Rem Anders, an attractive Salem boy, is also keeping secrets. He doesn’t appear to like what she’s getting into to – but maybe likes her?

All Abby knows right now, is the power at her fingertips is putting her in a position she’s never been before… but there might be a darker truth to what’s going on…

Spellbinding had some good qualities.

For one, the plot was engaging. It’s also fast-paced and very easy to read, which can be very nice when you’re tired and you just want to be told a story.

Yet Spellbinding was also, I felt, a bit light on the actual writing. I had a sense of it being immature, full of clichés.

And I had a hard time with not only how easily Abby accepted her witchy powers, but how simply she came across them – and how easy it was to use them!! It just fell flat for me. I never like things being too easy in this kind of circumstance. No training needed? Nothing??

I wasn’t bored at all, but the romance, drama, and overall book just didn’t gel with me. Even Abby as a character wasn’t that likable – she frustrated me with her choices.

So, easy to read? Yes. Excellent read? Not so much.

But you may disagree!